Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Thai and foreign volunteers release balloon lanterns during a ceremony on a beach in Phang Nga province. With prayers and flowers and tears, from Thailand's beaches to the islands of India, mourners paid tribute to their loved ones on the second anniversary of the Asian tsunami.
A woman walks at sunset on western Vancouver Island's Halfmoon Bay beach, near Ucluelet, British Columbia, December 23, 2006. A series of storms have battered coastal areas in the Pacific Northwest over the last month and further severe weather was expected on Christmas Eve.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Four years old Moritz Fromm admires his traditional Christmas pyramid, an ornamental tower with tiny wooden figures on a rotating disc propelled by the heat of burning candles, at his home in Erfurt, eastern Germany, Friday, Dec. 8. 2006.
Runners dressed as Santa Claus gather in Princes Street Gardens before taking part in The Great Scottish Santa Run in Edinburgh, Scotland December 10, 2006. The 1.5 km charity fun run, now in its third year, has over 2,000 participants taking part.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
An iceberg is seen in the Ilulissat fjord, on Greenland's western coast, in September 2004. Citing "a frightening lack of leadership" to tackle climate change, UN chief Kofi Annan has demanded world leaders give global warming the same priority as they did to wars and to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
D. Bowden(originally published here on Nov. 23, 2005)
Although I have no religious beliefs, I still am very thankful for the many good things in my life. Who am I thankful to? My thanks and appreciation goes to my dear husband for getting up at 4 a.m. every day to drive over an hour to a job where he works hard all day long to provide for his family. I am thankful to him for his love and committment for thirty years of marriage. I thank him for being a loving and helpful father to his three children. I am thankful to my children for their love and the joy they bring into my life. I am thankful to my parents for giving me life. I am thankful to them for raising me and loving me even when I was not very loveable. I am thankful to my doctors for taking care of my health and doing all they can to cure my illnesses, and keep me and my family healthy. I am thankful to the truck driver who hauls my food to the stores where I shop, I am thankful to the farmer who grows and harvests the food. I am thankful to the inventors of all of our modern technology that makes my life so comfortable and convenient. I am thankful to our police officers and soldiers for protecting us. I am thankful to NASA to take us to worlds we cannot see from where we are. I am thankful to the teachers, the explorers, researchers, scientists and others who provide us with information we need to enhance our lives. I am thankful for the entertainers, writers, film makers, artists, musicians, actors, etc. who bring some joy and imagination to our lives. These are the ones to who I owe my thanks.
Thanksgiving is a day to get together with those we appreciate and love and to celebrate that love and appreciation we have for each other. I wish everyone, no matter what your beliefs are, a very happy Thanksgiving Day with all of those who matter most to you, whether there in person or far away but close in heart.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
In May of 1969, during the year of its Centennial Anniversary, the Chicago Water Tower was selected by the American Water Works Association to be the first American Water Landmark in the nation. The tower was completed in 1869 and survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The architect was William W. Boyington and the tower is constructed of Joliet limestone blocks quarried in Illinois.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Whether you're a serious student of architecture, a visitors to Chicago or a Chicagoan wanting to have a better understanding of the city, the Chicago River Architecture tour appeals to all levels of interest. Wendella Boat Lines offers a 60-minute tour for about $20 and you won't be disappointed.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
LINK: AVTANDIL — Russian artist, Avtandil is equally accomplished as a painter (religious art, sculpture, monumental representation, and much more) and a graphic artist (working both in theater and motion pictures). He worked as a theater set designer for the State Marionette Theatre of Georgia and, in 1989, received with his wife Ketevan first prize for stage design at the International Theater Festival in Hungary. Avtandil is an accomplished master of motion picture animation working as head designer for such films as "Family" and "Waiting," produced in Georgia; he also served as a poster designer for a film distribution company.